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Recycling & rare fruit

04/15/13 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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We started today’s show with Phil Hughes, Account Manager for Creative Recycling. They recycle all kinds of electronic equipment and small appliances—excluding large white goods such as refrigerators and stoves. The WMNF Radio Station, located at 1210 E Martin Luther King Blvd., is temporarily a drop-off point for Creative to pick up your used electronic devices. This ends April 22, Earth Day.

We spent the rest of the hour with Paul Zamoda with the [T...

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Vegetable gardening & ants

03/04/13 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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Our first guest was with the Insect Research Program with the University of Central Florida. Dr. Joshua King is an entomologist that specializes in ant research. Our conversation was about fire ants and possible controls of these pests in the backyard vegetable garden. Hot water, baits and mound treatments were some of Josh’s recommendations, but he was pretty clear that grits don’t work.

The remainder of the program we spent talking with two women involved locally with growing vege...

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WNMF wins Water Wise award

02/04/13 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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On today’s WMNF 88.5 FM Sustainable Living program we started with a short interview about the upcoming (February 9th) Urban Small to Large Farm Conference that takes place at the Pinellas County Extension Service, on 12520 Ulmerton Rd in Largo. Robert Kluson, the Sarasota Vegetable Extension Agent, filled us in on the details. He'll be teaching Chickens 101 at Saturday's conference. We spent the remainder of the show talking with a couple of WMNF volunteers, Paul & Gail Carroll that were i...

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Health & pasture based farms

01/07/13 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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To start today’s program we had the director of the Sumter County UF IFAS Extension Service Susan Kelly. She also the Coordinator for this year’s AGRItunity Small farms Conference in Bushnell (a little North of Tampa off I-75). This very affordable 1 day conference and has over 20 different classes to pick from. It’s coming up Saturday January 26. http://www.sumter.ifas.ufl.edu or 352-793-2728.

Next up we had the co-founder of the Weston A. Price...

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Pinellas Native Plant Tour

10/01/12 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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On today’s program our guest was the president of the Pinellas chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society, Jan Allyn. We talked about the importance of native plants and the chapter’s upcoming Native Landscape Tour, which will take place on October 6 &7, 9AM to 3PM, as a self-guided tour of homes and businesses in Pinellas County. To find out more check out www.pinellas.fnpschapters.org. Their monthly meeting takes place on the first Wednesday of ...

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Growing vegetables at home

08/20/12 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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Today we spent the hour talking about growing vegetables here in west central Florida with a former Hillsborough County commercial vegetable agent, Karl Butts (my younger brother). Karl presently grows Asian, mainly East Indian vegetables, for an Ashram here in Hillsborough County that sells throughout the USA. We started with the basics of our sandy soils, the disease triangle, growing successful starter plants and a variety of other plant issues. Similar to human life, the first days are ...

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Local farmers featured at 2012 Small Farm Conference

07/09/12 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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We started today’s Sustainable Living Program with Susan Kelly, the publicity chair for this year’s Florida Small Farms & Alternative Enterprises Conference July 27 to July 29th in Kissimmee. Also joining us was one of the Innovative Farms Award winners for this year, Pam Sindlinger. She and her husband Hank are owners of Gateway Organic Farm a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) in Pinellas County. Gateway is one of the two organic farms in our ar...

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Urban farming

05/28/12 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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We missed a chance to interview Will Allen on the Sustainable Living Program last month so we started today’s program with a short clip from the Growing Power website www.growingpower.org. The former Basketball player started Growing Power, a national urban farming network, in Milwaukee years ago and now it has expanded across the USA to provide food for inner-city neighborhoods. It seems someone in the Tampa Bay area needs to duplicate what Will has started....

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Native plants and the Florida Native Plant Society annual conference

05/14/12 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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On Today’s program we talked with four people involved with the 2012 Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) Annual Conference that starts this week in Plant City. Joining the program was Troy Springer, past president of the Suncoast Chapter of the FNPS and Conference Chairperson; Debbie Butts, co-host of the Sustainable Living Program, long time FNPS member and conference volunteer; Steven Woodmansee, current president of the FNPS, and the Executive Director, Kellie Westervelt. Besides the C...

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Students in south St. Pete learn about healthy eating while growing their own food listen

05/09/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Students at two south St. Petersburg schools are learning about healthy eating by growing their own food. Organizers hope the knowledge the kids get will help them continue to make smart food choices as they grow up.

An organization called The Edible Peace Patch has helped to create gardens at Lakewood Elementary and Sanderlin IB World School in areas of south St. Petersburg facing economic challenges. The gardens manager, Erin Mattick, says students don’t normally get a chance to grow t...

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